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The Sticky on Plaque

The Sticky on Plaque
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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dental-plaque-tartarA question we often hear is ” Is there a difference between plaque and tartar?” Many people think they are the same thing. Truth be told there is a significant difference between dental plaque and tartar. Understanding the difference between the two may just help explain just why a daily oral hygiene routine is so crucial, as well as not missing the twice-yearly planned checkups to your dentist.

The Sticky on Plaque

Have you ever wondered what that soft, sticky film is that builds up on your teeth is? That is what is referred to as dental plaque. Not only does it build up on your teeth but under your gums.

And guess what is worse? It contains millions of bacteria! When you eat— especially carbohydrates or sugar—you are not the only one getting a meal, so are the bacteria on your teeth. After the bacteria “eat their meal” they produce acids that erode your tooth enamel and cause the cavities.

How is Tartar Different?

So if that is what plaque is, what is tartar?

Tartar is what accumulates on your teeth when plaque is not removed. If plaque is left on your teeth for too long, it will harden into tartar and is much harder to remove. In fact, tartar can only be removed by dental professionals. Unfortunately, you can not get rid of it with resuming regular brushing and flossing.

When plaque buildup is not removed from the teeth, it hardens into tartar which can cause more than just cavities. It can cause tooth discoloration and sensitivity as well as gum recession and periodontal disease.

Between Dental Visit Tips

That’s why good daily oral hygiene is essential to preventing tooth decay and protecting your smile from the bacteria in plaque. To prevent plaque buildup, remember to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can also help!

Circle the Date!

No matter how thorough your oral hygiene routine is, plaque and tartar formation are inevitable. So come in to see us at Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL every six months! Our job is to help you and your family maintain a beautiful, healthy smile that’s plaque- and tartar free!

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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